Abstract

Research suggests that teachers play a role in the type of citizenship education implemented in schools. The purpose of this qualitative case study was to explore how two high school teachers understood and enacted their civic identities as a dimension of their teacher identities. Findings suggest that factors contributing to an individual’s civic identity take on a unique perspective when filtered through the development and enactment of teacher professional identity. Participants’ civic identities are discussed through the two dimensions of belonging and responsibility to the community. They ground their civic identities in the local community, encouraging their students to fit into and serve the local community. Participants supported democratic ideals including justice and diversity, but rejected an American identity that they equated with negativity, consumerism, and inhospitable to those who are unfamiliar. In-service teacher education would benefit from building on and reframing teachers’ existing community connections to incorporate participatory action research (PAR) and critical service-learning.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1534-5157
Print ISSN
0018-1498
Pages
pp. 252-278
Launched on MUSE
2016-03-12
Open Access
No
Archive Status
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